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2018 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 100% Whole Cluster

Inspiration Series Pinot Noir

2018 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 100% Whole Cluster

Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes
This stunning Pinot Noir is a perfect example of what we want from an entirely whole cluster fermented wine. Everything is in balance here: fruit concentration, subtle stem expression, acid and tannins. Intoxicating aromas of cedar spice, cinnamon, clove and black tea mingle harmoniously with bursts of freshly picked huckleberries and Marionberries emanating from the glass. Exceptionally fresh, crisp, earthy and complex, flavors of wild berries, bramble, bay leaf, anise and violets unfold on the palate, giving way to an incredibly silky, mouthcoating texture with palate-coating fine-grained tannins and a snappy finish. This is an intellectually stimulating wine for Pinot lovers, yet has copious quantities of fruit for any wine lover.
Vineyard Notes
Named for its previous owners, the 100-acre Hallberg Vineyard is today owned and managed by wine industry veterans including vineyard manager Kirk Lokka. Nestled in the Green Valley sub-appellation, the site enjoys refreshing daytime breezes and cool nighttime temperatures. The strong marine influence means less severe daily temperature shifts so the vines never completely shut down, producing fruit with deep, dark color, great structure, silky tannins, darker fruit flavors and earthy characteristics. This Inspiration series Pinot Noir comes entirely from our rows in block C, planted to clone 777. The stems in this cool, sandy block tend to harden off beautifully, and in 2018, we even observed some browning of the stems, creating gorgeous clusters for whole cluster inclusion.
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